Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find books?

How do I determine which library has the material I want?

Records in Primo for materials physically available at George Fox libraries display the location next to the colored dot indicating availabilty:

Primo book record with location highlighted


Note that the Library facet in the left column allow you filter search results based on library.

What is the Orbis-Cascade Alliance?

The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that have made their collections available to member libraries for borrowing. The Orbis Cascade Alliance Catalog, known as Summit, is also the place to look for material which is not available at the George Fox libraries. Access and request materials owned by other Alliance institutions using Primo, with the Scope set to "George Fox + Summit" GFU + Summit field

Where are other Summit libraries located?

Here is a map with links to each Summit library. You may go directly to any Summit library to check out materials which they own. You simply need to go to their Circulation Desk with your George Fox University student ID card.  You may be asked to log into your library account.

How can I request George Fox material that is already checked out?

  • Option 1: Request it via Summit or interlibrary loan
  • Option 2: Click the Request link on the item record in Primo and follow the prompts. When the current borrower returns the material, if you are next on the hold list, the material will be sent to the location you designated. You will be notified via e-mail when it becomes available.

How can I request material that is not owned by either George Fox or Summit?

From the George Fox library home page click on the Interlibrary Loan link.   In the first paragraph, click on the link,  "Log in to your interlibrary loan account here". Fill out the form with the required information. When you send the form it will be routed to the proper person at the Newberg Campus library for processing. You will be notified via e-mail when your materials have arrived. Interlibrary loan material can take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive, though usually it's faster.

How can I find full-text articles in the electronic databases?

Use the Research Guides tab on the library website to find recommended databases in which to search for articles.

How can I connect to the library databases from home?

When you access a licensed database at the beginning of each session, you will be asked for your name and barcode. Type in all 14-digits of your barcode without spaces or hyphens. This will validate you as a George Fox University student. If you are denied access, please call the Research Help Desk at either campus to check your patron record.

How can I order a journal article that is not owned by my home library?

Go to the George Fox library home page and select the Interlibrary Loan link in the left hand navigation of the library website.  In the first paragraph, click on the link, "Log in to your interlibrary loan account here" .  Fill out the form with the required information. When you send the form it will be routed to the proper person at the Newberg Library for processing.

How much does it cost to order material or articles using the Interlibrary Loan service?

Most requests are processed for free. If a fee is required, the library covers the first $20.00 of any single item. Students, faculty and staff are always notified before any costs are incurred and may cancel the request if not wanting to pay the difference.

How can I find out what material I have checked out or the status of my library account?

Click on the "My Account" button at the top of the library homepage. Enter your MyGFU credentials to access your library account.

Items you have checked out are displayed in the "Loans" section:

Primo items on patron account

How can I renew my own materials without taking them back to the library?

For Interlibrary Loan materials contact the interlibrary loan department of the Newberg Campus library at 503-554-2423. Or you may request a renewal in your Interlibrary Loan Account. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library and are not always granted.

For George Fox materials not yet overdue, go to the George Fox Library home page and click on the "My Account" tab at the top of the library homepage. Follow instructions to login and then click on "items currently checked out". Renew by clicking the box next to the titles you want renewed, and then click on the box labeled "RENEW SELECTED ITEMS". The due date on the George Fox material(s) will change immediately and you will be able to determine whether the renewals were authorized.

Summit materials are not renewable. Therefore, please return Summit materials by the due date as shown on the Summit book band.

How can I get help from a librarian?

How can I find out when the library is open?

Go to the library home page at and select "About" in the left navigation.